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A legacy well left…

A friend and former colleague of my stood face to face with her Lord last night.  She has valiantly been fighting cancer for as long as I’ve had the priviledge to know her.

Almost 2 years ago, she went through some pretty radical surgery that altered her eating habits forever.  She went through all the necessary treatments, and eventually having come through that, her hair grew back, and she was back to work.  Not so long ago, the cancer came back, yet she never wavered in her determination to fight.

Another thing that never wavered was her faith.  She repeatedly assured those around her that God is in control, and that He would be glorified through this.  Connie’s family will have many great memories of her, of their life together, and today begins the journey of adjusting to life without her smile or hugs.  Connie was an extremely proud grandma too.  He face beamed when she spoke of her grandson, and she loved to love on him.

One of the things that stands out to me, is the legacy that she leaves.  Connie lived the adage that “faith is caught – not taught”.  Her relationship with Jesus was an integral part of her everyday life, and her family saw that.  Jesus wasn’t someone who only got talked about on Sundays.  She walked with her Saviour 23/7, and as a result, the most precious thing she leaves her family is that example of a vibrant, everyday faith.

What will you be leaving your family?  Will it be homes, cars, jewels, stocks?  All of those will pass, but walking a faith that points people to Jesus is an eternal gift.  Remember, “In 100 years from now, the only thing that will matter is someone’s relationship with God”. 

We’ll miss you Connie…Welcome Home.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Fearless – new from Max Lucado

My very favourite books by Max Lucado are the ones where he takes a very specific passage of scripture and breaks it down passage by passage.  I must admit, I was hoping he was carrying on with that pattern.  Not the case, but, I was not disappointed.

The new book – releasing today – is “Fearless”.  It’s a sad reality in America (and here, north of the border) that many people are living in fear.  Fear of the unknown, of having to live with not enough resources, of not knowing how to care for loved ones who are sick, of the evil that is throughout our society…

Each chapter names the very things that cause us to live in fear, and then, as only Max does, he presents personal examples of how he faces the very same thing.  His stories are touching, some times funny, sometimes heart wreching, but always making him ‘real’ to each of us.  Then, he beautifully brings the Truth of scripture into the equation.  Using examples of God’s own penmen for His Word, among them being Jeremiah and Paul, we see that even those chosen to bring us the very Breath of God, faced fears.

Through their words, and examples, we see how to face those fears – and walk more closely to the One who calmed the sea, and carried the culmination of all that we fear (say “Sin”) to the cross.  I love the way he summarizes this at the end of chapter 7 – ” He’s the commander of every storm.  Are you scared in yours?  Then stare at him.  This may be your first flight, but it’s certainly not his.  Your pilot has a call sign too:  I Am Here.”

Fearless will not disappoint.   If you or someone you care about is facing great fear – this is the book for them.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in book reviews

 

She Still Calls Me Daddy – Robert Wogelmuth

Being the youngest daughter, I understand the bond between father and daughter.  I well remember the day that my mom reminded me that “your dad still needs to know you need him”.    I was taken right away with the book, as Robert talks about the feelings that he had as he walked his daughters down the aisle.

Using the running metaphor of remodelling a house – Robert candidly shares his emotional process in “letting go” of his daughter, as he faces the reality that as she married, she became part of a new team. He needs to “renovate” his expectations of being a dad, a dad with a daughter who is now a wife.    Seeking counsel from a Rabbi friend, he is reminded of Jethro needing to know that Moses would take care of his daughter.  A perspective we don’t often think of, it’s usually Moses in the story – not the father-in-law.

I found the book insightful.  To some of the things that changed quietly with my father after my marriage.  He also shares the importance of recognizing that as a married couple, it’s an adjustment that must be successfully made – returning to be a couple again, outside the role of active parents.

While I wasn’t the target audience for this book, I appreciate the opportunity to understand some of the emotional stuff my dad went through after my wedding.  I would highly recommend it as a wedding gift for the Father’s of the Bride.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2009 in Uncategorized